Fun In Shreveport-Bossier

Mardi Gras 

There’s nothing like Mardi Gras season in Northwest Louisiana, and every year it’s one of Shreveport-Bossier’ s biggest celebrations. Here is a list of some of that larger and well known krewes that participate.


Krewe of Centaur

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The Krewe of Centaur was organized in 1991. The Krewe is bound together by the common goals of building a better community and the pursuit of good family fun. The Krewe of Centaur Mardi Gras Parade has grown over the years to become the largest parade in the Ark-La-Tex. They are the largest in north Louisiana, and rival most those in New Orleans.

www.kreweofcentaur.org

Krewe of Gemini

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The Krewe of Gemini is the first parading Krewe in modern times in Shreveport and Bossier City. The Krewe of Gemini is a nonprofit volunteer organization including folks from all walks of life who enjoy promoting the Mardi Gras spirit in the area.

www.kreweofgemini.com

Krewe of Highland

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Krewe of Highland is a krewe about the diverse cultures of our historic Highland neighborhood. The Krewe of Highland Parade rolls through Shreveport's historic Highland neighborhood via Creswell Avenue and Centenary Boulevard. It features more than 150 floats, marching bands, unusual throws and more. 

www.thekreweofhighland.org

Krewe of Barkus & Meoux

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In 1999, they officially formed their non-profit animal organization to benefit abused, neglected and homeless animals. As you might already know, they sponsor the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Pet Parade during the Mardi Gras season each year and are now able to promote many more charitable functions throughout the year.

http://www.animalkrewe.org/

Krewe of Justinian

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The Krewe of Justinian was formed in 1994 for area attorneys, judges, and other persons interested in the legal affairs of the community to participate in and promote the celebration of Mardi Gras in the Ark-La-Tex.

Krewe of Sobek 

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Krewe of Sobek was founded in April 2003, and is dedicated to bringing the time-honored traditions and experience of Mardi Gras to the inner city.

www.kreweofsobek.org

Krewe of Aesclepius

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The Krewe of Aesclepius is the second oldest Mardi Gras Krewe in the Ark-La-Tex. They are known as the "Medical Krewe". Many of their members work or have ties in the Medical Field (or did at one time). They are a community service driven Krewe steeped in tradition and family values who offers all the children in the area a safe and fun, mardi gras parade experience. 

Krewe of Harambee

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This is a huge, family friendly parade that rolls through downtown Shreveport each year on Martin Luther King, Jr, Day. Marching bands, stilt walkers, dozens of floats and more.

 

Festivals

Find out what so many people already know… Shreveport-Bossier is a great place to be. Whether you visit for a day or stay for a lifetime, you can help but have a great time in Shreveport-Bossier! Below is a list of just some of the annual festivals and events you can visit with friends and family.  

 

Red River Revel Arts Festival

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Festival featuring hundreds of the country's top artist, craftsmen, entertainers,
 and culinary masters come together each October for this annual festival af arts.It offers a remarkable variety of food and activities. 

www.redriverrevel.com 
Highland Jazz and Blues Festival

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The best local and national musicians converge on Columbia Park for Shreveport's own party in the park including great food and local artwork. 

www.highlandjazzandblues.org

Holiday In Dixie

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Celebrate the beginning of Spring and the Louisiana Purchase. Includes a 10-day carnival, parade, treasure hunt, live music, and family. 
www.holidayindixie.com
Cork – Wine Festival

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Taste 80 wines from around the world with great jazz entertainment and sample food from area restaurants. 
ASEANA Spring Arts Festival

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Held at the ASENNA Asian
Gardens at the corner of Milam and Texas Street in Downtown Shreveport. The festival features food, art, dance , games, martial arts
and more. 
Mudbug Madness Festival 

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A Memorial Day weekend celebration 
of Louisiana's heritage hosting the premier crawfish festival in the South with a crawfish eating contest, Cajun fare, 
live entertainment and music in a family-friendly atmosphere. 

www.mudbugmadness.com
ArtBreak

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Artbreak features beautiful artwork of Caddo and Bossier Parish students and 
free hands-on activities. The largest children's festival in the state, Artbreak is a week of dance, music, theater, 
food, fun  and 5k race.  
Let the Good Times Roll Festival

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The good times just keep coming at
this annual festival highlighting
 African American culture with 
great R&B and funk bands, crafts,
 and great food.

www.rhoomega.com
KTBS-Independence Day Festival 

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In honor of the United States 
Military, this celebration features food, music, fireworks, and fun for 
the whole community
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BREW Festival-A Premier Beer Tasting

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Experience a variety of internationally acclaimed and domestically micro-brewed 
ales, pilsners, stouts and more. The beer connoisseur seminar helpful tips on how to get the best taste out of your favorite beer. 

www.shreveportbrew.com
Benton-Christmas on the Square

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A traditional, family-oriented festival that features food, entertainment, arts and crafts, parades and much more. 

bentonchristmasonthesquare.com
Sunflower Trail & Festival 

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With a trail of sunflowers blooming
along HWY 3049, this festival is filled with crafts, entertainment, food, and family fun. 

www.facebook.com/SunflowerTrail

Events

 

Artini
 
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Get dolled up and join the Bossier Arts Council for this annual fund raiser. It’s a celebration of the art of spirits featuring live music, raffles, and much more. Area restaurants create unique martinis and compete for the coveted title of “Judges Choice”, “People’s Choice”, and “Most Savory”.
www.Facebook.com/artinibac
Twelfth Night Celebration
 
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The official introduction to the Mardi Gras Season presents area krewe's kings, queens, and royal courts to the public. It is a night of food, fun, and entertainment. The celebration kicks off the first Saturday in January. 
Christmas in the Sky
 
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Christmas in the Sky is a one of a kind party produced every two years, and its benefits the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. It engages more than 1,000 business and individuals who donate Auction Items and Sponsorship. 
shrevearts.org/news-events/christmas-in-the-sky/ 
Independence Bowl
 
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Post-season college football bowl game played at Independence Stadium featuring teams in the ACC and SEC Conferences.

www.independencebowl.org
The Dixie Maze
 
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The Fall Festival includes a Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, and the haunted attractions operate on Friday and Saturday nights.  
http://www.dixiemaze.com/
Barksdale Air Show
 
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Annual air show at Barksdale Air Force Base. 2nd Bomb Wing.

ww.barksdaleafbairshow.com
Cross Lake Flotilla
 
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Float on a boat or in a tube all day on Cross Lake with food, music, games, and lots of fun hosted by the American Legion- Post 14.

www.lowemcfarlanepost14.org


Cinco De Mayo Fiesta
 
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Celebrate the popular Mexican holiday. It features local Mexican fare, Chihuahua race, mariachi bands, car show and dancers.

www.shreveportcincodemayo.com


The State Fair of Louisiana

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Boasting 14 thrilling days of fun for everyone with free daily circus shows, plenty of games and rides, and unique fair food.

http://www.statefairoflouisiana.com/


Super Derby 
 
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Hosted by Harrah's Louisiana Downs in Bossier City. It is one of the premiere races for 3-year old thoroughbreds in North America. The Super Derby attracts many of the top horses, trainers and riders from around the country to compete in a day of pulse-pounding live racing. 

http://www.harrahslouisianadowns.com
Holiday Trail of Lights

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A family friendly light show starting on I-20 in SNorthwest Louisiana and incorporates Shreveport-Bossier, Minden, Monroe-West Monroe, Natchitoches, and Alexandria/Pineville. 

http://holidaytrailoflights.com/ 
Chimp Haven Discovery Days
 
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As a sanctuary, Chimp Haven is not regularly open for visitors. However, during the Chimpanzee Discovery Days, you may come and visit during limited hours on particular days of the year 

http://www.chimphaven.org/